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Hello and Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy past few months! I hope you’ve enjoyed the final moments of 2013 and have welcomed 2014 with open arms!

Have you made any new year resolutions? Well, my resolve to myself and to you is to try new things, go on new adventures, travel more and share the highlights of those experiences with you.

I’m looking forward to being very active this year, but before I jump in head first, I decided to start simple. Here’s to a fabulous year for all of us.

So…

Thinking of visiting the movies anytime soon? Then Regal Cinema’s new 21 and up VIP lounge located at Atlantic Station just may be the perfect venue for you.

The area opened in early November, just in time for the holiday season. I’d noticed the “under construction” area during my last visit to the cinema, but had almost forgotten about it until I came across the promotional sign just outside of the ticket counter.

It was three in the afternoon and after showing my id (you must have id to enter) and directed toward the rear of the main lobby, I arrived at a quiet, posh and inviting lounge which was mostly empty except for a few couples placing orders at the fully stocked bar.

The architects did an excellent job of giving the illusion that you were indeed in a completely separate location from the main theatre. Without the distraction of children and teens, the environment set the perfect atmosphere for a date or a night out with friends.

The spacious dining area is great for those who prefer to eat their dinner outside of the main viewing rooms. The menu offer premium cocktails for a little under $10 and some of your favorite finger food items like wings and quesadillas. Traditional popcorn and chips are offered as well.

“American Hustle” played in a perfectly clear image across the big screen. You select your seat at time of ticket purchase so there’s no need to rush for seating, but once you sit down, you’ll have to do your best not to fall asleep. The spacious reclining seats were so relaxing, I felt as if I had the entire theatre to myself.

This was definitely one of the best movie experiences I’d had in a long time. Do yourself a favor. Check it out. I’m glad I did!

Twice the Dine

Alisa's Birthday

I just heard three words that can change every woman’s life…

“You’re gaining weight.”

Have I become a glutton?!?

Actually, I’m just a southern lady who appreciates good food, good conversation and great company. Let’s just say this past weekend I enjoyed all of the above.

Fun times indeed!

RA Sushi

When I was invited for happy hour earlier in the week, I could have sworn I would be stepping out on a Friday evening. Instead, I was invited to meet on Saturday at Ra Sushi.

Quite intrigued, I agreed to meet for drink and “dinner” rolls. On a typical Friday night, Ra Sushi is a pretty happening spot. Located on the corner of Peachtree and 10th, the restaurant is walking distance to several of Atlanta’s most popular night clubs and Loews hotel.

I’ve passed by many times, noticing the patrons dining on the patio watching people like me head to their nightly destinations. I love Sushi, but my Fridays are not usually reserved for dining, yet.

The happy hour special offers drinks and your favorite rolls at a great price but this place wasn’t my favorite. All sushi isn’t created equal and Ra Sushi is better for sightseeing.

Two Urban Licks. Tiff

Two Urban Licks

There are just some restaurants you have to try. Two Urban Licks falls into that category.

Perfect for a first date, a birthday celebration or a larger gathering, Two Urban Licks impresses.

My friend Alisa decided to celebrate her birthday this year (something she rarely does) and this restaurant proved to be the perfect spot.

The large sized venue with it’s swanky guest, lively chatter, impressive décor and great menu selection was a girl’s night out dream.

The salmon chips were a sensational starter and the steak bistro was divine.

No dining this weekend. I’m on a diet.

Cami Cakes

Tipps’ Peep Show

Tif at 200

I was just telling a friend how I wanted to dress up and I wasn’t thinking of Halloween.

I was thinking of ball gowns, daimond rings and stillettos. I had my chance, but I didn’t wear the dress – not yet.

When I received an invitation to attend T.I.’s birthday party during the BET Hip Hop awards weekend, I immediately replied yes. The event was held one of Atlanta’s premiere event venues. I knew instantly this would be a classy affair.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Tip Peep show

We arrived at 200 Peachtree at 11:30. Outside were invited guests, photographers, hopeful fans and passerbyers wondering what all the buzz was about. Luckily there wasn’t a line. Since guests were confirmed before the actual event, the process of getting in was pretty seamless.

Once inside I was taken back by the decor and set up inside. The 200 Peachtree building is usually known as an upscale wedding destination, and upon seeing the spacious room with crystal chandelliers, high ceilings, panelled floors and open bar areas I could honestly agree as to why a bride would want to marry here.

The place was fit for King.

T.I.

This is where rapper “King of the South” comes in.

T.I.’s “Tipps Peep Show” had something else in mind, turning what is usually used for elegance into something more exotic.

I didn’t understand at first, until I realized that there was a curtain rising above my head and the people taking pictures weren’t getting shots of me.

All around the room were different booths, comouflaged in black. Upon specific times satin curtains would slowly rise and to our surprise (or interest) a little “show” would take place right before our eyes. Since I’m not sure I’m authorized to spill all the details, I’ll let you use your imagination for some of it and for the rest, I’ll share.

There were at least 5 booths. Think estasy. Think erotic. Think class. All of it was intriquing and tasteful. I spent time at each booth being caught up in scenes that reminded me of a popular novel I was just reading not long ago. Have you ever heard of 50 Shades of Grey…

Well, I imagine that Christian Grey and Clifford Harris could have a few things in common other than suits and ties.

Speaking of ties…

After walking around and getting a peep at each display, I found myself beginning to really have a great time. The music was pretty mellow until T.I. showed up and then things went up a few degrees. The man of the hour came in looking as polished as ever and with him of course was wife Tiny.

Tiff and Nelly

A few of his friends stopped by. I head P.Diddy was in the building and rapper Nelly could be seen casually standing near the DJ booth. He was kind enough to take a photo with me. Notice my smile.

The night wrapped up nicely and my friends and I all had a blast.

Tipps peep show

As for my ballgown…I am looking forward to wearing it soon.

Phenomenally Fearless

Tiff zip lining

Zip Lining

What’s up with my Fridays? This isn’t a complaint. This is self-intrigued observation that my normal weekend routine is being replaced with out of the norm activities. That’s fine by me, but my friends are wondering what’s going on?

I tell them it’s God. I’m serious! Two Fridays ago I was at a James Fortune concert at Word of Faith cathedral. This Friday I was at church (again) and guess what I was doing?
I was shooting through the air!

Normal people call this zip lining.

Have you ever been zip lining before? Well, if you haven’t I encourage you to try it. I did and fortunately for me, it was perfect for my first time.

The event was “Chickchat” and it was held at Victory World Church in Norcross, GA. It was an event welcoming women for a night of inspiration, encouragement and activities.

Guest speaker for the evening was Marilyn Hickey an 82-year-old woman with a message that touched my heart. I could have left after hearing her, but with a little encouragement from a friend, I was going to touch the sky.

I was a little nervous because I was wearing a dress (I came for the speaker!) but the staff promised that the straps would secure everything (my dress included). So with that, I climbed to the top of makeshift wire reaching at least 40 or 50 feet in the air.

40 feet high, zip lining

When I reached the last stair, I closed my eyes and went soaring…

Water Rafting

bus, water rafting

Gone are the days of celebrating birthdays around the dinner table!

People want memories. Moments! People want adventures!

Well, at least that’s what my one of my girlfriends wanted when she suggested we go water rafting for her birthday. Couldn’t we have just put on a pretty dresses and called it a night?

Thank goodness we didn’t do that.

On a Sunday afternoon a group of 11 adventurers hit the highway towards Tennessee to experience the Ocoee Rivers. We arrived at the Rolling Thunder River company around 2:30 and before long we were strapped in protective hats and vest (and paddles) boarding a school bus that would lead us to our adventure destination.

The journey on the river was amazing. There were moments of serenity of just being on water and taking in the beautiful sight of nature. I long for a place like this in Atlanta. But we didn’t pay for serenity. We paid to be exhilarated. We got what we paid for.

When the water touched my skin I was shocked! The coolness sent chills up my body. When the raft floated over and between rocks, my heart would stop momentarily. But when the unexpected waves came towering over and around us, my spirit came alive. It was an intoxicating thrill.

The screams, the cheers, the laughs (we had one person fall out if the raft) and applause for a wonderful guide, made this a day to remember. I promise you birthdays will never be the same.

waves, rafting

Party Professional

Beauty at Bloomie event.Self

Atlanta is great place for professionals at any level. With a steady increase in population and new job openings in and around the city, there’s plenty of opportunity for ambitious minded people.

Well, no matter the profession, the level or the industry it’s important that we look and feel our best in order to be the best.

I’m always searching for fun things to do in the city and on Sunday I made my way to Bloomingdales at Lenox mall for the Beauty @ Bloomie’s event. Jodi Bigby, “The Professionista” and hostess for the event pulled together an afternoon of beauty tips, fall fashion and surprise giveaways.

At 2:30 a panel of professionals in the beauty and health industry shared insider tips to keep your mind, body, skin and hair at its best. Experts from Henry James hair salon, Catalyst fitness center, and It’s Your Skin.Co, were clear about what do look for in a hairstylist, personal trainer and dermatologist and how to maintain during the interim.

Jodi Bigby, Professionista

It was pretty good stuff. The real fun began though when those same companies offered special treats and giveaways for the guests. I was hoping to get my hand on a free massage but my girlfriend walked away with the prize, a free gift set from Stress Relievers, LLC and a discount on her next visit.

After the raffle drawing it was on to a fall fashion display and since the event was catered for the professional women, cute displays of working office held me attention for the rest of the evening. Learning of the season’s hottest colors and seeing some must have pieces, brought on some inspiring looks. I thought it was a perfect end to until I won a prize!

Let’s just say, my closet will thank me.

Party Professional.Tiffany.Professionista

Thank you for reading!

Fashion and Fortune

Back to Kool

Back to Kool.Tiffany

Eventually I’m going to make my way to New York Fashion Week. My social media feed was swarmed with photos of celebrities, models, designers and socialites all in one place to take part in the festivities.

Well, I’ve learned you can’t let distance, weather or a busy day interfere with whatever it is you love. That’s why my friend and I decided to head to the “Back to Kool” fashion event at the Rose Bar near midtown.

The event was hosted by Kickboard Kouture an independent fashion design company that creates urban apparel for a generation of entrepreneurs, trailblazers, dream chasers and of course trendsetters.

The crowd was young, hip and trendy. Rose Bar was a great location with it’s patio seating, leather sections, sophisticated bar and raised DJ booth with DJ Ferrari Simmons playing musical influences helming from Texas and South Florida.

Back to Kool.Crew

We had a great time, purchased a few shirts and mingled with the creators and promoters of Kickboard Kouture. Atlanta did experience a little rain on Labor Day weekend but that didn’t hinder anything, except for maybe the barbequed wings being grilled Saturday. I didn’t get a chance to taste any but they did look pretty good.

Although Atlanta has a great musical reputation, I get the feeling that the city is creating space to be big contenders in the fashion industry as well.

Speaking of music, The OneMusicfest is this weekend. Last year was great show. You can read more about it here:https://seenatl.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/one-musicfest-2012/

James Fortune

James Fortune and FIYA live recording

Atlanta has been on “FIYA” over these past few weeks pulling in capacity crowds.

By being a recognizable force in the music industry, it’s a great time for fans of almost every musical genre including, rap, house and inspirational. On a Friday night when I could be normally spotted at one of my favorite spots, I navigated my way outside of the city to hear one of my favorite artists perform.

I wasn’t the only one. In a building that holds over 2,300 people, not an empty seat was in the place. Gospel artist and group, James Fortune and FIYA were doing a live recording in Atlanta and from the throngs of people heading towards the building, it was easy to see, they had a few more fans besides me.

The Fortune and FIYA entourage know how to put on a great show! The high energy, honest and captivating Fortune performed new music on his forthcoming album expected March 2014. I can tell you now that’s going to be an awesome album with plenty of guest appearances from gospel favorites.

Each performance put audiences on their feet, but there was one performance brought us to tears.

During a tribute to Trayvon Martin, we listened to a heart-filled melody and watched and the victim’s mother push back tears and sit motionless until the end of the song. Afterwards she stood and thanked everyone for their support giving us an encouraging smile.

I was Fortunate to share in that experience.

Girl on Fire

Frank Ski's, Angelica Tucker

Last summer I was blown away by a local band I’d seen perform at Loca Luna. The name of the band is Josh Bias and the 360 band. I was so impressed by their musical style, the performance and their energy.

Since then I’ve seen this group perform all over the city. If I wasn’t familiar with them then, I am now and I’m sure most anyone who enjoys live music is as well. Josh Bias and the 360 band perform all over Atlanta and I was pleased to hear them again last week at Frank Skis Restaurant.

I arrived at Frank Skis at 9:30 for a friend’s birthday dinner. The upscale lounge/restaurant was alive with music, people and good vibes. Inside was a mature crowd; career professionals enjoying a glass of wine, cocktails and private dinners. I was headed for the patio when I noticed the stage and of course the band.

Band member Angelica Tucker was giving a great performance. She’s the only woman the group and holds her position perfectly. She’s a petite woman with a powerful voice and moves that rival some well known performers. I realized that I’d been enjoying the ambiance of the place for awhile before even making it outside to join my friends.

The restaurant proved to be a great Thursday night option. Between sets the DJ kept the vibe going and by 11 the place had filled up. There’s no cover and valet is available. Make reservations for tables if eating.

Nakato

If you’re looking for a nice place to celebrate your next birthday , then Nakato Japanese restaurant is a great choice. I’ve been a couple of times, recently went for my friend Faith’s birthday, and as always had a great time.

Nakato is located on Piedmont road which is connected to the city’s Midtown area. Since it’s pretty centrally located, there won’t be much of a problem gathering family and friends for your special occasion.

Faith decided to do Hibachi which to me was a great choice. I love sitting around the Hibachi grill and watching the chef prepare everyone’s meal before their eyes. It’s a very interactive experience. I also love the warm feeling you have seeing the facial expressions when the first initial flame goes up before your eyes. It’s an something I’ve come to enjoy even though, I’m never quite prepared. See my expression.

Nakato-Fire

Nakato provides a very elegant and very inviting atmosphere for dining. You have the choice of being seated in the public dining area or inside the private dining rooms which are typically set aside for special occasions. We went with private dining room.

The food was delicious. I ordered the steak and shrimp combination and everything was served to perfection. Our chef was very accommodating and the waiters very attentive and courteous to our needs. It was great experience which is probably why I enjoy visiting.

Overall, it was great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon and Faith enjoyed her special day. Happy Birthday Faith! Hugs!

Faith Birthday